Originally Posted by minderbinder
I'd have to agree that it's hard to see much appeal in the MBA now that there's a 13 inch MBP at a decent price. The MBA just doesn't seem that
much smaller or lighter (4.5 versus 3 pounds?). The whole argument that lighter and thinner must cost more isn't as compelling when other cheaper models are pretty darn thin and light, have more features, and cost less.
Go to a shop where they have the 13" MBP next to the MBA. Pick them up; ask to be allowed to toss them into your bag; hand them to a friend. The difference in weight and bulk is astounding. For some people, this makes a huge difference in favor of the MBA.
Another small difference, but major to anyone with painful wrists, is the design of the MBA's sloping keyboard that creates an almost smooth transition for the typist as opposed to having a noticeable ledge and keyboard at an unnatural angle to the arms. I speak from experience as I still have a 15" MBP and know very well how uncomfortable typing can be over extended periods. I do not have the same on my MBA, thus I prefer it when I know I will be typing for any length of time.
I often have to move from one place to the next quickly; packing up the MBA is a breeze; it also starts up in a fraction of the time of the MBP. I also often give presentations over lunch or so, and the computer is passed from one person to the next. Once to check I took my wife's 13" MacBook and everybody instantly noticed the difference in weight and ease of handling, despite a one month interval since they had seen the MBA. I asked and they all said they preferred the MBA for that situation. Two were considering buying MBA's (and have since become happy owners).
For the right people, the MBA is a great machine. It is not everyone's great machine. How many families need a MacPro 8-core machine driving 2 30" monitors? It doesn't make the MacPro a bad computer, just not what those people need. It's also not always about features. I have never needed more than the single USB port, nor more memory nor anything else.